COVID-19 Testing, Tracing, and Results

Information changes frequently. Please check back to this page often.

If you have questions related to COVID-19 testing and isolation guidelines, please call the Provincial Testing and Isolation Information line at 1-888-777-0730.

COVID-19 antiviral and other treatments are now available for free by prescription in Ontario to people who are eligible and who are at higher risk of progressing to severe disease requiring hospitalization. Learn more

Getting tested

The following groups are eligible for publicly funded PCR or rapid POC molecular testing:

  • healthcare workers and residents in highest-risk settings (long-term care and retirement homes, congregate settings, etc.) 
  • pregnant individuals
  • underhoused or homeless individuals
  • first responders, including firefighters, police and paramedics

Household members of healthcare workers in highest-risk settings, as well as asymptomatic individuals from certain high-risk populations and settings, may also seek testing as needed. For a complete list of current eligibility, please see the Province’s webpage: Who is eligible for PCR or rapid POC molecular testing. For a full list of testing locations, visit: COVID-19 testing locations

As per provincial testing guidance, members of the general public with mild symptoms or an exposure to a case of COVID-19 are no longer asked to seek testing, unless they belong to one of the specific eligible groups. If you have symptoms but are not eligible for testing, assume you have COVID-19 and follow the steps for what to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

If you are a contact

  • Public health will continue to investigate cases associated with highest risk settings (including long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, shelter or congregate settings).  
  • If you are a high-risk close contact of someone with COVID-19, HPPH or the Provincial Working Group may contact you, or send you a letter, but we are not contacting everyone. 
  • Visit Ontario.ca/exposed for information on isolation requirements for cases, household members, and high-risk (non-household) close contacts. 

Rapid Antigen Testing

Huron Perth Public Health does NOT have rapid antigen tests for distribution. Please see the relevant categories below for information on how to access rapid antigen tests. For more information on what to do if you get a positive rapid antigen test or are symptomatic, please visit Ontario.ca/exposed

Rapid antigen tests for individuals

Ontarians can now get a free rapid antigen testing kit for at-home use. For more information about rapid testing for at-home use and to find a list of participating retail locations, visit: Ontario.ca/rapidtest.

Rapid antigen tests for small businesses and organizations

All businesses under 150 employees can access rapid antigen tests through participating Chambers of Commerce, free of charge. These kits are for screening employees on a regular basis, not to be held in storage. Please visit the Ontario Chamber of Commerce webpage for more information. 

Provincial Antigen Screening Program for employers

The Provincial Antigen Screening Program is a program that allows employers to add an additional safety measure in workplaces to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Participating in rapid, on-site testing may facilitate the identification of an individual infected with COVID-19 in the workplace, and may prevent asymptomatic individuals from unknowingly spreading COVID-19 in the workplace. 

Rapid antigen tests can be accessed through the Provincial Antigen Screening Program by any organization permitted to be open and that has employees working on-site.

Businesses are encouraged to visit Ontario.ca/testingonsite for more information on how to access free rapid antigen point-of-care tests for workplace screening. If you have any further questions about using rapid antigen tests in your workplace, please contact covid19testing@ontariohealth.ca or visit their webpage

Please note that rapid tests kits are considered hazardous waste, and require proper management. For more information about disposal please refer to the Province's Safe handling and management of rapid antigen COVID-19 testing waste webpage. 

COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment

Antiviral treatments, such as Paxlovid, are now available for free by prescription to individuals with COVID-19 who are at a higher risk of severe illness and hospitalization. These treatments are taken by mouth and must be taken within the first 5 to 7 days of your symptoms starting.

You may be at higher risk if you are:

  • over 18 years old and immunocompromised (have an immune system that is weakened by a health condition or medications)
  • over 70 years old
  • over 60 years old with fewer than three vaccine doses
  • over 18 years old with fewer than three vaccine doses and at least one risk condition (e.g., a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease, pregnant and unvaccinated)

To be eligible to receive an antiviral treatment, you must have tested positive for COVID-19, either with a PCR test or a rapid antigen test, and have been assessed by a health care provider to determine if you are at higher risk of adverse outcomes due to COVID-19 and if treatment is right for you. To determine if you might be at higher risk and should be assessed for treatment, use the Provincial COVID-19 antiviral treatment screener.

If you do not have symptoms but are at higher risk of severe COVID-19, talk to your primary care provider about getting pre-assessed for treatment in case you get sick with COVID-19.

A health care provider may determine treatment is right for you even if you do not belong to one of the groups above based on your individual circumstances. Antiviral treatment is not a substitute for vaccination and is intended for those who are at a higher risk of severe outcomes and hospitalization.

How to get COVID-19 antiviral treatment (if eligible) 

Individuals who are part of a higher risk group and have COVID-19 symptoms (even if mild) should immediately seek testing and care, by contacting their health care provider or visiting a clinical assessment centre (where you can get tested, assessed, and provided treatment or a prescription for an antiviral medication).

If you are unable to visit a clinical assessment centre, PCR tests are available at any provincial testing location; however, you will also need an assessment from a health care provider to get treatment.

Eligible individuals with a prescription to access antivirals may be able to fill their prescription at a local pharmacy. A list of pharmacies that are dispensing Paxlovid can be found at Ontario.ca/antivirals.

If you require more information or assistance, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. 

Getting a test for travel

Getting a test for travel
In order to receive a COVID-19 test for outbound international travel and to receive a valid travel certificate you must pay for a private COVID-19 test. These tests are not available through Huron-Perth assessment centres. A test done at a local assessment centre will not be sufficient to meet the requirements for international outbound travel.

Huron Perth Assessment Centres do not provide travel-related testing.

Huron Perth Public Health does not provide results of private COVID-19 tests or provide information for travel certificates.

Private COVID-19 tests, and travel certificates, for outbound international travel are available through the following:

This list is for information only. The inclusion of a pharmacy or testing location on this page does not indicate an endorsement or involvement from Huron Perth Public Health.

How to get tested (if eligible)

  • For a complete list of current eligibility, please see the Province’s webpage: Who is eligible for PCR or rapid POC molecular testing.
  • To book an appointment, call your primary healthcare provider or contact the community assessment centre or pharmacy directly. Use this searchable list of COVID-19 Testing Locations to find a site near you.
  • Assessment centres are managed by local primary care under the Ontario Health agency. HPPH provides the following list of local assessment centres for community information, but please contact a local assessment centre for more information.

Locations of Huron Perth COVID-19 Community Testing Centres

LocationContact informationHours of operationHow to get a test

Stratford [operated by Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance] 

Rotary Complex - Hall D

353 McCarthy Rd., Stratford

519-272-8210 ext 2747

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9am-5pm

Clinical Assessment
(Physician): Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 12-5pm

Stratford Huron and Matilda Shoppers Drug Mart (only tests eligible people without symptoms)

511 Huron St., Stratford (Huron and Matilda)

519-271-9195

Monday-Sunday:
8am-10pm

**New location**

Listowel Memorial Hospital

255 Elizabeth St. E., Listowel

519-292-2133 

Monday & Thursday: 8am-12pm

**Hours subject to change based on volume**

Grand Bend Assessment Centre

69 Main Street, East Grand Bend

519-238-1556
ext 111

Tuesday & Friday:
1-4pm

**Hours subject to change based on volume**

  • By appointment only
  • Call to book an appointment or go online to complete an appointment request form 
  • Will accept self-referrals
  • Only testing available

Goderich

Michaels Pharmasave

181 Cambria Rd. N., Goderich

519-612-2320

Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays: 1pm-5pm

  • By appointment only; call to book an appointment
  • For COVID-19 positive patients who are not rostered to a physician, or unable to see their family doctor
  • After hours: If you are calling your local healthcare provider after hours, please follow their instructions.
  • Anyone with severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, or any other medical emergency should call 9-1-1.
  • COVID-19 Testing Centre Locations and Hours [PDF] | June 27, 2022

Getting your test results

  • Turnaround time for test results varies.
  • Results are given through the online portal and require a photo health (OHIP) card.
  • Please discuss alternative arrangements to receive testing results if you:
    • Do not have a photo health OHIP card (green card)
    • Have a red-and-white OHIP card
    • Do not have access to the internet
    • Are unable to understand a website in English

If, after seven days, your test results have not appeared online contact Huron Perth Public Health.